OK, that's not the most accurate headline in the world, but hopefully it got you reading this far … and besides my readers know I love alliteration. I did watch last week's "CSI," but honestly there's nothing to say except it was forgettable. (But if there was something lively there, post a comment by all means!)
Last night I didn't tape the show because I took the chance to watch "Iron Man" at a sneak preview at Premiere Theatres. (My review appeared in today's paper and go to ReflectorCam 2.0 on www.norwalkreflector.com to see footage of interviews I did with fans before the movie.)
I had a grand time watching "Iron Man." I've enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. in everything he's been in and this was no exception. He did a fine job pulling off Tony Stark: his arrogance ("That's not bad" to being called "the 'Merchant of Death'"), his passion for the bottle ("It would be irresponsible not to drink" when his best friend Rhodey is attempting to give him a tongue-lashing), the womanizing, even causing laugh-out loud moments to chastising one of his helper robots for using a fire extinguisher unnecessarily.
I could go on, but let's face it: Downey owned that role.
My only disappointment, and it's a mild one, was the final fight and length of the film itself. Both were a tad too short.
I admit I wasn't crazy — or I thought director Jon Favreau was — about casting Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark's faithful assistant Pepper Potts. Paltrow's never been one of my favorite actresses and I thought she'd just mail in her performance to get some exposure and corresponding big paycheck in a Big Summer Flick.
But, I found Paltrow's Potts (ooh, more alliteration!) instantly likable. Yes — instantly!
In the comics, Potts has many more unrequited feelings for her boss; here it's a bit more "will they or won't they" with Stark expressing his dependence on her, but Downey and Paltrow have great chemistry.
And boy does Paltrow look smokin' in that backless dress. Best of all, though, Potts is never purely a damsel in distress. Horray for Favreau!
On the downside, even as much as there is of Terrence Howard as Col. Jim Rhodes, I wanted to see more of him. I wouldn't call Rhodey as one-dimensional as Variety says in its review. Favreau (who has several great cameos as Stark's driver/bodyguard) added some nice tension between the characters (Stark: "The humdrum humvee is back there"), but ultimately you see they are friends dedicated to looking after each other's back.
One more nice fanboy, non-spoiler touch before I sign off: How about Rhodey eyeing the Mach-2 Iron Man armor saying "Maybe next time, baby"? Yes, indeed! Love the foreshadowing. [Cue the KISS song "War Machine" …]
I'm beginning to babble. Last word: Go see "Iron Man." Come back here and let's yack about it.